Essential oils have consistently become more popular. This is because they have many different benefits, such as strengthening one’s immune system, soothing anxiety, and even weakening certain viruses. Some essential oils can also help people relax and, in turn, sleep better through the night. If you are having problems falling asleep and getting good quality sleep, trying one of these three essential oils may be the solution for you!
Lavender oil is typically the most popular essential oil used to aid in sleep and relaxation. This is because lavender is a soothing scent. Our sense of smell is connected to the area of our brain that deals with memory and emotion. Thus, smelling a soothing scent can help calm our emotions.
Lavender also has anxiety and depression reducing effects. So, if you are struggling to fall asleep due to your anxiety or depression flaring up at night, lavender oil can help to relax you to help you fall asleep.
Lavender is a great oil to use as it has multi-purposes. Lavender oil has also been known to help with pain relief. Studies have shown that using lavender oil in aromatherapy reduces the need for pain medications, especially in regards to minor aches and pains such as headaches or back pain. If you are in pain, you won’t be able to fall asleep. Using lavender oil will help relieve your pain to get you to sleep quicker.
Lastly, lavender oil also has sedative effects. A sedative is typically a drug used to calm a person or animal down or to induce sleep. Lavender oil is not that strong, but it does have some of the same qualities. So, using lavender oil at night can help you fall asleep, improve sleep quality and overall increase how long you can sleep for.
You may have heard of jasmine before, as it is a popular type of green tea made from jasmine blossoms. Jasmine essential oil is made from the same flower and is known to help users get a restful night’s sleep. Jasmine is a relaxant, which is why it helps to promote restful sleep. This is mainly due to the sweet, floral scent of jasmine blossoms. As we discussed, soothing scents can help relax users to help them fall asleep. The scent not only helps users fall asleep but also helps them have a restful night’s sleep.
A study in 2002 showed that 20 people known to move around a lot as they sleep slept in a room that smelled like jasmine one night and a room that had no scent. They were observed to move around less during the night and reported feeling less anxiety when they woke up in the jasmine-scented room. The subjects of the study were able to complete a mental test quicker and more accurately the next day compared to when they didn’t sleep in a room with jasmine oil and completed the test.
Like lavender oil, jasmine oil also has sedative effects. A study in 2010 showed that smelling jasmine can calm nerves as well as a sleeping pill or sedative can. Jasmine oil is thus a great alternative to sleeping pills as smelling the oil will not cause any side effects and can actually make you feel better the next day.
Moving onto a lesser-known essential oil is valerian oil. Valerian oil is made from a powerful herb of the same name, grown in Asia and Europe. It is a common ingredient in herbal teas that are marketed for insomnia. This is because valerian oil also acts like a sedative on the brain and nervous system. Using valerian oil has thus been known to reduce the amount of time it takes users to fall asleep. It also helps users have a more restful sleep.
Using valerian oil has also been known to reduce the severity of menopause symptoms, anxiety, depression, menstrual cramps, premenstrual disorders, stress, and headaches. If you have any of these symptoms while trying to fall asleep, it can be extremely disruptive. There is still ongoing research on the validity of using valerian oil for these symptoms, but there is no doubt that using it helps users fall asleep quicker and get a better night’s rest.
How to use essential oils for sleep
There are many different ways to use essential oils, but as they are quite strong, you should always dilute them somehow. One of the best ways to do this is to use a carrier oil. This means you put essential oil into another oil such as olive, coconut or almond oil before rubbing it on yourself.
You can also use other products to diffuse essential oils. This could be putting a few drops of your essential oil into an air diffuser, using aromatherapy candles, spraying your space with a mixture of essential oil and water, or even putting a few drops of oil into boiling water to inhale the steam. Using essential oil without diffusing it or using a carrier oil can damage your skin, so it’s better to err on the side of caution.
Other ways to get more sleep
Although essential oils can help us fall asleep better, if you don’t have a comfortable environment to sleep in, essential oils can only go so far. The best way to have a comfortable bedroom and bed is to have an enjoyable mattress. If your mattress is old and too firm, it will be hard for you to get comfortable enough to fall asleep.
The same goes for your blanket. If it is old, torn, or simply not warm enough, you will have a hard time falling asleep and staying asleep. Buying a weighted blanket may be a good option for you as it can not only keep you warm but have been known to reduce anxiety and relax the user. Pairing a comfortable mattress with a weighted blanket and using essential oils together is almost a guaranteed way to help you sleep; it doesn’t hurt to try them out!